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POLITICS | Senate Dems Block Small Biz Relief Funding, Seek Billions for ‘Local Media’

POLITICS | Senate Dems Block Small Biz Relief Funding, Seek Billions for ‘Local Media’

BY MARK TAPSCOTT Senate Democrats are pushing for a proposal that might send as much as $10 billion to local media outlets as part of a fourth CCP virus relief package, while blocking additional rescue funding for small businesses. “For over a decade, there has been a steady succession of local outlets closing down, reporters being […]

Slashing Red Tape Speeds Up CCP Virus Response; May Prompt More Permanent Deregulation

Slashing Red Tape Speeds Up CCP Virus Response; May Prompt More Permanent Deregulation

BY MARK TAPSCOTT Commercial truckers hauling essential medical and food supplies were freed from federal rules restricting their driving time when President Donald Trump declared a CCP virus national emergency on March 13. “This declaration will help America’s commercial drivers get these critical goods to impacted areas faster and more efficiently,” said Jim Mullen, acting administrator of the […]

POLITICS | ‘Clean’ FISA Renewal Moving Ahead as Key Spygate Reforms Are Pushed Down the Road

POLITICS | ‘Clean’ FISA Renewal Moving Ahead as Key Spygate Reforms Are Pushed Down the Road

BY MARK TAPSCOTT WASHINGTON—Senate and House Republicans appear to be at loggerheads on whether to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) before or after the controversial law at the heart of the Spygate scandal is reauthorized. Amid frenzied budget negotiations, an obscure provision in the Nov. 18, 2019, measure keeping the government open extended FISA’s expiration at […]

National Debt Isn’t $23 Trillion, It’s $122 Trillion

National Debt Isn’t $23 Trillion, It’s $122 Trillion

BY MARK TAPSCOTT WASHINGTON—America’s current national debt stands at roughly $23.3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department’s nifty “Debt to the Penny” website, which is so precise that visitors can pick a specific date in the recent past—say Jan. 1, 2000—and get the exact amount on that day: $5,776,091,314,225.33. While based on those figures, the national debt has more […]

POLITICS | Congressman Urges Firing of CalPERS CIO for Deep China Links, Investments

POLITICS | Congressman Urges Firing of CalPERS CIO for Deep China Links, Investments

BY MARK TAPSCOTT WASHINGTON—Gov. Gavin Newsom should immediately fire California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) Chief Investment Officer Yu Ben Meng because of his “long and cozy relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). In a Feb. 12 letter to Newsom, Banks pointed out that, with $360 billion in assets, CalPERS is […]

Transportation Watchdog Says Southwest Airlines Endangered 17.2 Million Passengers

Transportation Watchdog Says Southwest Airlines Endangered 17.2 Million Passengers

BY MARK TAPSCOTT   Dallas-based Southwest Airlines put the lives of 17.2 million passengers in danger by flying them on previously owned commercial jets that were not airworthy, according to a new report from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General (IG). In a scathing report aimed primarily at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for failing to oversee the popular […]

Decline in Kids Living With Both Parents May Have Bottomed Out, Census Data Show

Decline in Kids Living With Both Parents May Have Bottomed Out, Census Data Show

BY MARK TAPSCOTT WASHINGTON—U.S. Census Bureau data shows that, while slightly more than 60 percent of American children live with their biological or adoptive parents, the downward trend has flattened out and may be heading in a positive direction, according to the Institute for Family Studies (IFS). “As recently as 1960, less than two in 10 […]